Postpartum depression is something that affects many women every single year. Just like no two people are like, no two women handle pregnancies are alike. Even the same woman can experience very different feelings during different pregnancies, both physical and mental. Postpartum depression is something not many women feel comfortable discussing, but it is a common part of pregnancy. If you’re worried you’re experiencing postpartum depression, here’s what you should be looking out for.
You’re Feeling Overwhelmed
After having a baby, it’s natural to feel overwhelmed. After all, you just had a baby. Your body went through a very physically strenuous process, even if the delivery went smoothly. But it’s important to know that your mind just went through something pretty traumatic as well, and it’s perfectly normal to feel overwhelmed by it all. If you’re having major feelings of self-doubt, like you can’t do this and you’re not ready for motherhood, it’s time to talk to your therapist.
You’re Feeling Guilty
Feelings of being overwhelmed can easily lead you down a slippery slope of feeling guilty. You feel like you’re not being the mother you should be, and it’s your fault for feeling so overwhelmed. It’s imperative that you remind yourself that this is not your fault, and what you’re feeling is 100% normal. Help yourself as soon as you can, and make an appointment with your therapist. Talking to someone will automatically allow you to relax and feel better about motherhood.
You’re Feeling Irritable
Of course, after delivering a baby, you’re totally allowed to feel irritable. But if your irritability is getting in between you and your baby or you and your partner, talking to a mental health professional is something you need to do as soon as you can. If you have no patience for your baby or your partner or even yourself, this is a common symptom of postpartum depression.
You’re Not Feeling Anything
Sometimes, women who experience postpartum depression express a feeling of nothingness. New mothers can exhibit feelings of emptiness or even loss. If you’re feeling so sad that you can’t feel anything, you need to schedule an appointment with your therapist ASAP. These are clear signs of postpartum depression, and discussing this with a therapist who specializes in women’s mental health will get you back on track.
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